Care of the Environment

Environmental Philosophy

In its business activities and the actions of its employees, Nihon Kohden works towards the conservation and qualitative improvement of the earth’s priceless environment so that all people can enjoy a healthy environment.
Established: September 1, 2015

Environmental Policy

Based on its management and environmental philosophy, Nihon Kohden continuously improves its environmental management system and enhances its environmental performance.
1. Provide environmentally friendly products
In carrying out development manufacturing, marketing, after sales service, and support for electronic medical devices, we contribute to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and sustainable use of limited resources by realizing energy and resource savings, and eliminating the use of hazardous substances throughout the product life cycle.

2. Promote energy conservation and reduction of waste in business activities
In all of our business activities, we continually work together with our supply chain to introduce low-carbon and high-efficiency technologies, and improvement activities, strive to promote energy conservation, reduce waste through the 3R’s of reduce/reuse/recycle, reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the medium to long term, and prevent environmental pollution.

3. Comply with environmental laws, regulations, ordinances, and agreements
In all of our business activities, we comply with all laws, regulations, ordinances, and agreements that concern the environment in Japan and overseas, and carry out our responsibilities to stakeholders such as responding to issues such as climate change, water resource protection and conservation of biodiversity as a global company.

4. Promote environmental education
In regard to environmental issues, we promote appropriate education and educational activities to deepen the insight of our employees and stakeholders and enable individual productivity improvements to be linked to environmental improvement activities.

Established: April 1, 2017

Medium- to Long-term Environmental Targets: The entire Nihon Kohden Group

Nihon Kohden considers the following items to be the Company’s business risks: Disruption of the supply chain due to natural disasters caused by climate change, and production delays due to insufficient water resources. 
We revised our medium- to long-term environmental targets, as the Japanese Government declared a target of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. In order to contribute to realizing a carbon-free society, we also set KPI for the reduction of CO2 emissions in the three-year business plan, BEACON 2030 Phase I, which started in FY2021.
We will continue our efforts to reduce Scope 3* CO2 emissions by providing environmentally friendly products and cooperating with our business partners in the supply chain. We will also identify and take action to resolve the Group’s environmental issues by monitoring resource inputs and energy use in the entire Group, disclosing water usage and Scope 1 and 2* CO2 emissions data, and setting science based targets* (SBT).
* Scope 1: All direct emissions from the Company's use of fuel
* Scope 2: Indirect emissions from the use of energy (mainly electricity) produced by other companies
* Scope 3: Other indirect emissions in the Company's supply chain
* Science Based Targets are greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets set by each company for 5 to 15 years in the future in line with the levels sought under the Paris Agreement.
Environmental targets for FY2050
We aim at zero greenhouse gas emissions throughout the entire product life cycle (carbon neutrality by 2050) by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from business activities, providing environmentally friendly products, and cooperating with business partners in the supply chain.
Environmental targets for FY2030
We have set environmental targets for FY2030 based on SBT* and are taking action to achieve them with the aim of realizing carbon neutrality by 2050.(These targets will be revised when the target values based on SBT are finalized.)
(We are aiming at a 26% reduction compared to FY2013 within the scope of ISO 14001 certified sites.)
Established: April 1, 2021

Environmental Targets for FY2021 <ISO 14001 Certified Sites Only>

Environmental targets for FY2021
1. Enhance production efficiency and reduce environmental impact by improving operational efficiency
Reduce environmental impact including energy use, CO2 emissions, and waste emissions generated throughout the product life cycle (Scope 1, 2, and 3*) by setting specific targets in line with the operations of each site and division and raising productivity.
2. Reduce environmental impact and prevent pollution in our business activities
2-1. Establish calculation standards in order to achieve third-party certification of CO2 emissions from the provision of environmentally friendly products (Scope 3).
2-2. Promote the development of environmentally friendly products and reduce the environmental impact of all newly developed products by an average of 5% compared to earlier products.
2-3. Reduce defect rates and reduce CO2 emissions in production processes. (Target values are based on environmental targets at the Tomioka Site and Kawamoto Site.)
3. Continuously reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions in our business activities in order to realize a decarbonized society
3-1. In consideration of higher production volumes, limit the increase in energy use on a per unit basis to 11.2% compared to the previous fiscal year and improve CO2 emissions on a per unit basis by 14.5% compared to the previous fiscal year.
3-2. Collect data on energy use and resource inputs by overseas Group companies and set base data for SBT certification.
4. Contribute to creating a recycling-oriented society
Promote the 3R’s of reduce/reuse/recycle and achieve the following. In consideration of higher production and shipment volumes, limit the year-on-year increase in total waste emissions to 11.9%, limit the year-on-year increase in waste emissions on a per unit basis to 20.5%, and achieve a recycling rate of 96.0% or more.
Established: April 1, 2021

ISO 14001 Certification

ISO 14001 certificate ISO 14001 certificate
One mark of our progress in this area is ISO 14001 certification for our head office and main production factory in Japan. The ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standard represents the ISO's (International Standards Organization) commitment to support sustainable development by giving companies the tools to assess and control the environmental impact of their activities, products or services.
  • The Tomioka Factory obtained ISO 14001:1996 certification in October 2001, and underwent a transitional review for ISO 14001:2004 in October 2005.
  • Our head office and production department were integrated and registered for joint certification in January 2007.
  • In 2017, we completed transition to ISO 14001:2015, and underwent expansion inspections at the Advanced Technology Center and the Tomioka Second Factory.
  • In 2019, the Asaka Office obtained new certification and joined the Ochiai/Tokorozawa site.
Currently, we conduct business activities at five sites, i.e., Ochiai/Tokorozawa Site: head office and development division; Tsurugashima Site: distribution of consumables and repair and maintenance of medical electronic equipment; Kawamoto Site: development of consumables and safety/reliability testing of medical electronic equipment; and Tomioka Site: manufacturing and spare parts supply.

In line with the principles of the United Nations Global Compact which Nihon Kohden signed in July 2015, we are driving activities to incorporate elements into its environmental targets, including preventative approaches to environmental issues, leadership in taking responsibility for the environment, as well as the development and widespread adoption of environmentally friendly technologies.

Scope of Application for Environmental Management System

1. Scope of Registration:
Development, manufacture, sales and service (repair and maintenance) of medical electronic equipment and development, manufacture and sales of consumables, temporary staffing, and insurance agency business.

2. Associated Organization:
1-31-4 Nishiochiai, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan
1-1-6 Kusunokidai, Tokorozawa-shi, Saitama, Japan
1-11-2 Kusunokidai, Tokorozawa-shi, Saitama, Japan
1-8-11 Senzui, Asaka-shi, Saitama, Japan
[Development and sales of medical electronic equipment and corporate staff]

6-2-20 Fujimi, Turugashima-shi, Saitama, Japan
[Trial manufacture, manufacture and distribution of medical electronic equipment and sales and distribution of consumables]

2909-63 Shirakusadai, Fukaya-shi, Saitama, Japan
[Support for maintenance of safety and reliability of medical electronic equipment]

2-1-1 Nishi Inter, Sakado-Shi, Saitama, Japan
[Logistics of medical equipment and consumables, and inspection of consumables]

486 Nanokaichi, Tomioka-shi, Gunma, Japan
2027-1 Tomioka, Tomioka-shi, Gunma, japan
1-1 Tajino, Tomioka-shi, Gunma, Japan
2909-63 Shirakusadai, Fukaya-shi, Saitama, Japan
[Manufacture and distribution of medical electronic equipment and consumables]

1-31-4 Nishiochiai, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan
[Subcontracting, dispatch of temporary staff, sale of information technology equipment]

1-31-4 Nishiochiai, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan
[Insurance agency business]

1-8-11 Senzui, Asaka-shi, Saitama, Japan
[Development, production and sale of immunochemistry products and animal blood-derived products]

Environmental Management System (EMS)

Environmental Management System

Targets and Results of the Environmental Management Program

Targets and Results of the Environmental Management Program * Click the image to enlarge.

In-House Environmental Awareness Training Program

Introductory education is held for new employees to facilitate their awareness and understanding of general environmental issues, regulatory and legal compliance, ISO 14001 mechanisms, and the initiatives pursued by Nihon Kohden, as well as our Environmental Philosophy and Environmental Policy, details of targets, specific examples, and the need for full participation of all employees.
Employees working on five sites that have obtained ISO 14001 certification are educated every other year to deepen their awareness of relevant subjects, including changes in the social environment such as law revisions, Nihon Kohden’s Environmental Policy, environmental targets, and the relationship between the activities of each division.
In addition, in order to deepen awareness of environmental issues, we conduct e-learning once a year for all domestic employees.

Awareness Raising Activities
In FY2016, we established an annual Environment Day on June 5 during which we make known to all employees the need for environmental activities.

Green Procurement

As part of our efforts to provide eco-conscious products to the market, we promote procurement of parts, materials, and finished products which have a low environmental impact according to the following policy (green procurement).
1. Prioritize purchasing from suppliers conducting ambitious environmental conservation activities while also excelling in areas that include quality, pricing, delivery times, and services
2. Prioritize the purchase of toxic substance-free products

Requests to Our Suppliers

To uphold our green procurement policy, the Nihon Kohden Group asks its suppliers to practice environmental conservation in their business activities and supply products, parts, and materials that have a low environmental impact. We also ask them to provide an RoHS Declaration of Conformity and participate in various surveys.

Supplier-side Environmental Coservation

We ask all our suppliers to take measures for effective environmental conservation such as establishing an environmental policy, maintaining systems, and implementing education.

Supplying Low Environmental Impact Products, Parts, and Materials

To manage the chemicals that are used in our procured products, we request the following.

1. Create a control system for chemical substances used in products
2. Reduce toxic substances and implement green procurement of parts and materials that have low environmental impact

Chemical Substance Content Inspection

To evaluate the chemical substances in procured goods, we request all our suppliers respond to investigations of chemical substances in the goods. We require suppliers to provide certificates of compliance for materials used in RoHS compliant products.

Initiatives for Water Resources

Compliance with Laws and Regulations

Nihon Kohden has no serious issues of non-compliance with standards and regulations regarding water, payment of severe fines or penalties for violation of those standards and regulations, nor any serious water leaks.

Nihon Kohden Environmental Report

We integrated our Environmental Report 2015 into our CSR Report 2015. Please see our Environmental Report before 2014, CSR Report in 2015 and 2016, and Integrated Report from 2017 in the following downloads page.